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technology expert at barrango corporation of south san francisco, california, a preeminent player in the $2 billion-a-year visual merchandising business. >> we create props, decorations, displays for stores, shopping malls, amusement parks, any commercial properties. >> reporter: this all started right after the san francisco earthquake. a newly-arrived italian immigrant named barrango, a sculptor by trade, started making mannequins, the most lifelike anyone had ever seen. but it turns out the real gold was in holiday displays, and, for over 100 years, barrango has been manufacturing them and classic carosels for retailers around the country and the world, from boston to burbank, from berlin to beijing. yes, they ship to china, but they don't make it there. >> we've had the opportunity to go to china and have things manufactured, but we're a quality, hands-on family, company, and we need it to be in america in order to produce what we've got. we can't just turn it over to production in another country. >> reporter: it is that quality- first mantra, along with its global reach, that s
, both to history and to future growth. it has been going on at paul's hat works in san francisco's richmond district since 1918, the making of hats. lineage that runs from its peruvian founder over 94 years to four young women from the neighborhood. >> we were kind of an odd bunch before, didn't plan to be hatters, as most people probably don't, and stumbled on it, really did. stumbled on it. and the story and the ambience and that's what took us. >> mike: the story is a familiar one: in 2009, battered by the down economy, the owner needed to sell, no one would buy. so the option was to shut it down, walk away, hat in hand. except in walked a preschool preschool teacher, two costumers and a bookkeeper, saviors in bright colors, with passion. >> we did it because, a, this place was going to evaporate if we didn't. nobody else was going to do it. the four of us are makers of things. we love the craft and we love old crafts and this was something that you can only learn how to be a hatter by apprenticing. so this is a skill that they're not teaching in school. see, thiss kind of a taller crown
. so large, five-year-old san francisco-based small batch pets is one of the fastest growing companies in the raw slice of the $20 billion pet food industry. >> dogs and cats don't cook. that's the best way i can put it. they're anatomically made to eat raw food. it's completely bio available to them, they assimilate it properly, you'd see it in their coat, their teeth. >> mike: nice doggie. >> this is where all the magic began. >> mike: small batch pets started in the mission district, one bowl, one blender, giving the food away to folks in the neighborhood. that was then. this is honestly small batch. >> we get in a truckload on a wednesday morning and we're shipping almost half of it out that same day. >> mike: this is now. distribution border to border in california with expansion on track for the entire pacific northwest. that said, how do you keep the small in small batch? >> we're going to grow. that's going to happen. with a great product get it out there but we're still producing it in relative small batches to the rest of the industry. >> as long as we are stringent in our be
in san francisco. we'll go on a behind the scenes tour to find out what makes this place so groundbreaking. coming up.
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